Portable, powerful and practical charger to juice up your gear.
Despite modern tech advancements, we remain limited by the quality of our batteries and the tether to wall outlets. Most devices come packaged with a charging block of some kind. Some traditional power blocks are larger than others and take up a large footprint. With portable, on-the-go space at a premium, I have turned to GaN (Gallium nitride) chargers to fulfill my charging needs.
GaN chargers seemed to spring to the market around 2020 and were quite ubiquitous at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2020. Originating in LED lights and satellite solar arrays, the material was found to produce much less heat than silicon chargers and allowed the internal components to pack tighter together.
Smaller chargers with the same or greater power output have allowed GaN chargers to surpass traditional chargers. In fact, the charbycharge.com website suggests that GaN chargers run at 95% efficiency, while silicon-based chargers only acquire 87% efficiency.
The 3.8-ounce RapidX Mini PD65 65 Watt GaN Charger arrived in a 3 3/8 inches wide by 5 inches tall by 1 3/16 inches thick hanging style retail package. The main panel provided the product name along the top left in a grey/royal blue font, the RapidX company name along the bottom left in a blue pill-shaped panel, and USB-C 65W Wall charger icons along the top right in royal blue and regular blue bars.
You will find three blue-colored product feature icons along the bottom right that detailed the single USB-C Port, 65W PD 3.0 output, and the Smart Intelligent Charging. I loved the splashes of color and the contrast against the clean white background. Despite the positive features, the main visual focus was the large central image of the black charger with a foldable Type A Wall plug.
The right side panel provided three circular white icons on a sky-blue background. The icons detailed the power delivery, 65W output, Quick Charge ability, Smart IC tech, and USB-C output. The left side panel provided a list…